Minister of Foreign Affairs visits China

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Minister of Foreign Affairs B.Battsetseg, visited China on May 1 and 2, at the invitation of China’s State Council member and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Qin Gang. During the visit, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs held official talks in Beijing and exchanged detailed views on the relations and cooperation between Mongolia and China, as well as issues of mutual interest for other countries and regions.

During the state visit of Mongolian President U.Khurelsukh to China in November 2022, it was decided to implement the agreement reached by the heads of the two countries and to take the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries to a new level. As result of the Foreign Affairs Minister’s visit, following arrangements are discussed and approved:

• Within the framework of the goal of intensifying trade and economic cooperation between Mongolia and China and increasing the trade turnover to 20 billion USD in the coming years, work to be conducted on the long-term and stable supply of our country’s mining products to the Chinese market and to increase the export of agricultural products;

• To improve the infrastructure of the border ports of the two countries and to intensify the work of connecting them by rail, renew the 1955 Mongolia-China border railway agreement, and to intensify the construction work of the Gashuunsukhait-Gantzmod border port railway;

• To advance the issue of adding the Hangi-Mandal railway port to the agreement between the Government of Mongolia andthe Government of China on the border ports of the countries;

• In connection with the announcement of to 2025 by the Government as the ‘Years to Visit Mongolia’, passenger train traffic between the two countries in the near future will be increased as well as the number of flights, to attract Chinese tourists to Mongolia and to support the cooperation of tourism companies;

• In May and June 2023, a bilateral research team will be sent to Beijing on the issue of establishing a joint research center to support the national movement to plant “Billion Trees” initiated by the president, and the fight against desertification and yellow dust storms,

• Support and cooperation in organizing the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP17) in Mongolia in 2026,

• To employ the feasibility study team in Ulaanbaatar in May, for the construction of the ‘Sports Training Center for Children and Youth named after the Presidents’ and the National Theater of Arts,

• To explore the possibility of cooperation in the new energy sector based on Mongolia’s solar and wind energy resources. Furthermore, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs had conversation to thoroughly prepare for the scheduled visit of Mongolian Prime Minister L.Oyun-Erden to China, and to intensify the communication between the relevant organizations of both sides in this context.

Amarjargal Munkhbat